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Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic delay sparks questions

Now, Tokyo’s cases are spiking, and the city's governor is requesting people stay at home and is even hinting at a possible hard lockdown.
Credit: AP
A man walks along a snow-covered sidewalk past a banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has asked the city's 13 million residents to stay home this weekend, saying the capital is on the brink of an explosion in virus infections. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

TOKYO, Japan — Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan appears to have the coronavirus infection contained. 

Now, Tokyo’s cases are spiking, and the city's governor is requesting people stay at home and is even hinting at a possible hard lockdown. 

The sudden rise in Tokyo's virus cases and the government's strong actions immediately after the Olympic postponement have raised questions about whether Japan understated the extent of its outbreak and delayed enforcement of social distancing measures while clinging to the hope the Olympics would start in July as scheduled.

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